The programme, named The Next Generation Africa Forum, is scheduled to take place on 16th September 2021, virtually, using a digital platform to connect MSMEs across the Continent with practical support from leading VCs, banks, incubators, and multinational tech companies.
Through a series of free to access interactive workshops, pitches and discussions, the Next Generation Africa Forum seeks to offer MSMEs the support they need to bloom in a challenging economic context. The sessions will focus on building pathways to formality, preparing businesses for investment, accelerating growth, and managing digital risks.
Furthermore, Next Generation Africa targets to provide a strong platform to foster collaboration between financial services, investors, entrepreneurs and policymakers. Applications are now open for MSMEs to secure a place at the Forum.
MSMEs account for 70 per cent of Africa’s employment, forming the backbone of Africa’s economies and are the engine of the region’s job creation drive. With a high proportion of informal enterprises, many of Africa’s MSMEs, which already faced significant challenges, have been hard hit by the global COVID-19 pandemic.
Invest Africa is a leading trade and investment platform for African markets. Although its headquarters are in London, Invest Africa also operates in Cape Town, Dubai, Johannesburg and New York. It has a global footprint of more than 400 member companies, comprising multinationals, development finance institutions, institutional investors, private equity firms, professional service organisations, government bodies and entrepreneurs.